Though not recognized by any major kennel club, the Shiloh Shepherd is gaining popularity as the “long-haired” German Shepherd Dog. However, the Shiloh Shepherd has evolved into a completely different, and larger, breed than their close cousins; they do share many of the same personality traits. For families searching for a loyal, intelligent, and unique breed, they should research the Shiloh Shepherd. This breed has a softer nature and is easy to train. They do require plenty of exercise to ensure they stay in optimal condition. Since the Shiloh Shepherd is a large breed, they do require proper socialization and training for them to be a well-adjusted member of your family.
Shiloh Shepherd Dog Names In Pop Culture
Since the Shiloh Shepherd is not recognized by the major kennel clubs, you will rarely see one presented at conformation shows, although they are becoming more common in performance events. Most people who encounter a Shiloh Shepherd simply think it is an overly large long-haired German Shepherd Dog. Therefore, seeing a Shiloh Shepherd make headlines is a bit of an anomaly. Gandalf the Shiloh Shepherd made news on March 21, 2007 when he was part of a search and rescue team that located a lost 12 year old Boy Scout. The boy had become lost in the rugged North Carolina Mountains and remained lost for four days. His Boy Scout troop was camping in the mountains and this boy had wandered too far from the campsite. Gandalf and his trainer, Misha Marshall began to search the fourth day after the boy had gone missing about a mile from the Boy Scout troop’s campsite and he picked up the scent of the boy. Gandalf signaled to Marshall that he had picked up the scent by popping his head up and down three times. They followed a stream and found the boy huddled, trying to stay warm. At the time of the rescue, Gandalf was just two years old and had only recently finished his search and rescue training.
The use of dogs in the world of search and rescue has proved successful because of a dog’s keen sense of smell, sensitive hearing, and endurance. They can smell and hear things that most humans cannot. Search and rescue dogs have helped locate thousands of lost people and pets. However, each dog must go through intensive training before they can be allowed out in the field. A certified search and rescue dog will have to train for months, and sometimes even years, before they are able to be used on search and rescue missions. Not all dogs are equipped to be search and rescue and generally, Shiloh Shepherds are not the go to dog for such a job. However, their intelligence and willingness to please will have them trying anything their trainer asks of them. Gandalf was able to locate the lost Boy Scout when human searchers and planes failed to find him. It has been estimated that search and rescue dogs can be as effective and cover as much ground as 20 to 30 human searchers. Gandalf worked ahead of his trainer through the brush and once he located the boy, he returned to his trainer and give the signal that he had found what everyone was searching for and led his trainer and other rescuers back to the boy.
Shiloh Shepherd Dog Name Considerations
When you decide to add a Shiloh Shepherd to your home, you may have to search a bit before you find a reputable breeder. The Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club of America (SSDCA) and the International Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club (ISSDC) offers a breeder list and this would be a good place to start. Once you have found your new Shiloh Shepherd, it will be time to start looking for a fun, unique name for this unique and intelligent dog. Take your time; do not settle on the first name that pops into your head. Explore different names and if the first one you thought of still is appealing to you, then go for it. However, if you find a plethora of other possible name options make a list and start narrowing it down to your top five names. Get to know your new friend; chances are they will help you decide on just the right name for them. A dog that is intelligent and excels at everything might benefit from being named Ace, whereas a Shiloh Shepherd that seems to thumb their nose at authority may find themselves saddled with a name like Rebel. No matter what name you chose for your new Shiloh Shepherd, you can rest assured that your new puppy will grow up to become a large, intelligent companion that the whole family will love.